This is to inform the community that our friend and brother Gildo Maria Pivetta left his body on Friday, 5 April 2019, in Belgium, surrounded by his wife and children. Gildo (most people know him as Guido) had been quite unwell lately and left Auroville last month for Belgium where it was found that a terminal cancer had rapidly spread throughout the body. He was 74 years old.
Gildo who was originally Italian but lived in Belgium with his family before joining Auroville, started his newcomer process in December 2011 and became Aurovilian two years later. After some time in Luminosity, he lived the last two years in Swayam. Being fluent in French, he was individually tutoring pupils from various schools in that language and would, in the French Pavilion premises, tutor anyone else interested in the language as well.
He was an energetic, solitary man, very clean and orderly, not only in life but also in his approach to death. Nearing the welcomed end, he was very calm and clear, being profoundly grateful for what he had received in life.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.